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The Springfield Bicycle Club (SBC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote bicycling and to provide a meeting ground for Springfield Illinois area bicyclists.

HomeAugust 2018 Ride Schedule

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Weekday Daytime Rides Check start times!
Monday through
Friday
10:00 a.m.
Morning Geezer Ride
Washington Park Pavilion on the South side of the park
Pete Gudmundson, 523-8200
Show-N-Go ride for retired geezers or those hoping to become geezers. No leader or map, but Pete can answer questions about this ride. NOTE: Riders occasionally change the start time due to weather and other considerations. Please call ahead.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Weekday A/B Ride. The weekday ride is a No Drop Ride, but riders should be able to maintain speeds of 18-20 mph for 20 to 40 miles between stops. Usually includes a stop midway. For information about this ride, check Facebook at “Springfield IL Area Cycling” for updates.
Monday thru
Friday
10:00 a.m.
Daily Pana Trail Ride
Lake Taylorville parking lot, Rt 29
Pat Stephens, 287-7056
Show-N-Go along the Lincoln Heritage Trail. Turn in miles to the records keeper. There is no ride leader, but Pat may be able to answer questions about this ride.
Monday thru
Friday
Noon
IDOT, Lost Bridge Trail
Dirksen Parkway
Show-N-Go
ABC — Lunch Ride. Skip lunch and ride the trail. Riders may add a loop from Rochester. D riders are welcome to ride the trail but should be self-sufficient. Turn your miles in to the records keeper.
Monday thru
Friday
12:15 p.m.
Strike & Spare
Durkin & West Lawrence
Dave Ross 789-4823
BC — Westside Lunch Ride. We’ll hop on the Sangamon Valley Trail or head out into the country.

Monday thru
Friday
2:00 p.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Tom Clark, 726-5560
Weekday BCD Club Ride. Show-N-Go. Ride the trails or go out in the country. Turn in miles to the records keeper. There is no ride leader, but Tom can answer questions about this ride.
Weekday Evening Rides Check start times!
Mondays
5:45 p.m.
Parking lot at east end of Wabash Trail by Sonic
Wabash Ave & Park St
Becky Smith, 416-1827
BC — Leave from the east end of the trail at 5:30 p.m. Those riding from Parkway Pointe theater (Lindbergh Blvd & Robbins Rd) will start a few minutes earlier to allow time to meet up with those riding from Sonic. This ride will get you 16 miles from Sonic or 21 miles from Parkway Pointe.
Tuesdays
5:30 p.m.
IDOT
Dirksen Pkwy & Ash St
Show-N-Go
BCD — Show-N-Go along the Lost Bridge Trail. Turn miles in to the club records keeper.
Tuesdays
5:45 p.m.
Location varies
Jim and Sandra Elliott, 899-2142
 
 
C — Tuesday C-Group Bike Ride. Join Jim and Sandy for a ride of 20 to 30 miles at an easy 12 to 15 mph pace. This is a no-drop ride with a rotating start location. Call or text Jim to receive an invitation to join the group and receive information about upcoming rides.
Wednesdays 
5:45 p.m.
Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot
Bunker Hill Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
BC – Ride along the Sangamon Valley Trail to Stuart Park for 12 miles round-trip, add an airport loop for an extra 3 miles, or take the new extension north for up to 24 miles.
Thursdays
5:30 p.m.
IDOT
Dirksen Pkwy & Ash St
Show-N-Go
Show-N-Go along the Lost Bridge Trail. Turn miles in to the club records keeper.
Thursdays 
August 2nd & 9th only
5:45 p.m.
Stuart Park parking lot
Winch Lane
Deb Cooper, 899-8385
D – We might go south or we might go north, depending on the whims of the group. Either way it will be a leisurely 12-mile round-trip on the Sangamon Valley Trail. This ride is specifically designed for riders who think our other group rides might be a little fast for them. Come out and enjoy the beautiful Sangamon Valley Trail at a relaxed pace!
Monday through Friday
5:30 p.m.
Pana Trail, Lake Taylorville parking lot, Route 29
Charlie Witsman, 299-7038
Show-N-Go – Ride the Lincoln Heritage Trail. Turn in miles to the club records keeper. Call Charlie if you need information about trail conditions or directions.
Weekend Daytime Rides
8:00 a.m.
NOTE: location and time may vary (see Facebook page)
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Weekend A/B Ride. This ride is intended for extremely strong and competitive riders with expert bike handling skills. Expect riders to be self-sufficient and to maintain speeds of 19+ mph for extended distances using pace lines. Riders will agree on a destination and determine a route at the time of the ride. Developmental A-riders and B-riders are welcome, but they should be self-sufficient or accompanied by an experienced rider. To receive information about upcoming rides, search “Springfield IL Area Cycling” on Facebook, then click on “Join Group.”
Saturdays and Sundays
11:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Weekend BCD Ride – Hit the trails or go out in the country. If the trail is not clear and dry but the roads are, start from west end parking lot on Robbins Road. Turn in your miles to the club records keeper. D riders can ride the trails but should be self-sufficient.
Scheduled Rides and Events Check start times!
Saturday August 4
8:00 a.m.
Butler & DeFrates residence
3917 Surry Place Lane
Ernie DeFrates, 971-1246
BC –Turbo Blender Ride. Ernie will guide us on 30-35 miles with some hills. Enjoy delicious Turbo Blender drinks with some snacks after the ride!
Sunday
August 5
8:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Larry & Vanessa Willmore,
494-6880
ABCD –Challenge Ride. This is the third of five events in the 2018 Cycling Challenge. The Challenge is designed to aid in your cycling fitness in preparation for SBC’s Capital City Century. Ride about a 29-mile loop to Loami, a 53-mile loop to New Berlin, or a 104-mile loop to Jacksonville & Murrayville.

Routes are posted on the SBC Cycling Challenge page.
Wednesday
August 8
7:30 p.m.
NOTE TIME
Residence
2301 Sangamon Avenue
Ken Anderson, 522-3876
NC – Board Meeting. All SBC members are invited to attend the board meeting.
Saturday
August 11
9:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Rotary Park
Iles and Archer Elevator Rd
Marty Celnick, 494-9967
CD – Marty will lead a ride of 30 to 45 miles roundtrip, with the destination depending upon wind direction.
Sunday
August 12
8:00 a.m.
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Deb Cooper, 899-8385
CD – Follow Deb north for 30-35 miles.
Saturday
August 18
8:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Iles and Archer Elevator Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
BC – Follow Ted to Pleasant Plains, then hit some hills on the way back during this 30- to 40-mile ride.
Sunday
August 19
8:00 a.m.
Residence
30 North Fox Mill Lane
(on Lake Springfield)
Andrew Asher, 836-9952
BC –Biking & Boating Bonanza. Follow Andrew on a 35- to 40-mile round-trip, no-drop ride south, then recover on a boat ride on Lake Springfield (weather permitting). Those planning on boating should RSVP Andrew at boatish@aol.com by noon on August 18.
Sunday
August 19
5-7 p.m.
Tom Madonia Park East,
Shelter 3
Lake Springfield
Gladys Hajek, 698-7626
NC– SBC’s Annual Picnic & Swap Meet. Socialize with your pedaling pals! The club will serve fried chicken and a meatless entrée, with soft drinks and water also furnished. You may also bring your own beverages, and please bring a favorite dish to share. NEW: A swap meet! Sell or trade your used cycling gear and apparel. Talk about re-cycling!
Saturday
August 25
8 a.m.
Residence
3916 Surry Place Lane
Mill Creek Subdivision
Alicia Bibb, 494-4134
B – Alicia will lead us on a 50-mile roundtrip, no-drop ride to Auburn, then return to her home for a taco bar!
Sunday
August 26
8:00 a.m.
Rochester Community Park
West Main Street, Rochester
Larry & Vanessa Willmore,
494-6880
ABCD –Challenge Ride. This is the fourth of five events in the 2018 Cycling Challenge. The Challenge is designed to aid in your cycling fitness in preparation for SBC’s Capital City Century. Ride about 31 miles roundtrip to Edinburg, a 53-mile loop to Taylorville/Kincaid, or a 104-mile loop to Morrisonville.
Other Area Rides & Events
Springfield area bike shops and other entities sponsor or host a number of rides and events each year. When we receive requests to help publicize these activities, we’ll post them in this new section of the QR. NOTE: ‘Other area ride’ miles count for club miles, as they are organized rides.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:45 p.m.

BikeTek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
Salisbury Hill Ride. This is a challenging ride of about 25 miles on a hilly course, with speeds in excess of 20 mph. Lead riders often slow to allow others to regroup on the hills. Riders sprint on Bruns Lane and again on Churchill Road. This ride is good for cyclists learning the skill of riding in a large group.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:45 p.m.

BikeTek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
Team MACK Training Race. For newer riders looking to race, this 32-mile ride offers a great opportunity to improve your top-end speed and race skills. Riders average 23-28 mph and ride in pace lines. Road bikes preferred. Cyclists will sprint five times on the Tuesday night rides.
Wednesdays
6:10ish p.m.

Wheel Fast
17 Cottonwood Drive
Chatham, IL 62629
Matt Saner, 483-7807
ABCWheel Fast Road Ride. Intermediate training ride. Meet at the bike shop and plan on 16-20 miles. Faster group leaves at 6:10. Others leave immediately after.
Every Other
Wednesday
August 8 & 22
5:45 p.m.
New City Church parking lot
New City Rd, Pawnee
Steve Schien, 741-8388
New City Time Trials.This is a non-affiliated 10.85-mile time trial on Pawnee New City Road. Most riders are seeking to improve their cycling ability and personal time-trial speed. All are welcome to participate. Check in immediately after arriving. The goal is to send off the first rider at 6:00 p.m. Riders are started in 15-second intervals with the slower riders first. Bring $2 for the timer. Call or text Steve to be added to the email group for updates.
Thursdays
5:45 p.m.

Scheels
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd
Jim Storm, 726-6330
Trail and Road Ride— A chance for fellow bike enthusiasts to get together and share their passion. This ride is intended for all levels of riders. Some riders stay on the trails for 10-12 miles while others add a road ride for 20-30 miles. A designated ride leader stays with the participants of each riding group. Follow us on Facebook at springfieldscheels. Helmets required.
Saturday
August 18
6:30–9:00 a.m.
Kennel Lake Sportsmen’s Club
22172 Kennel Lake Drive
Morton, IL 61550
No Baloney Bicycle Ride— With routes of 20, 45, 65, and 100 miles, this supported ride offers well-stocked rest stops and SAG service. Registration is $30. www.ivwnobaloney.com
Saturday
August 18
6:30-10 a.m.
Lake of the Woods
Forest Preserve
1702 East Prairie View Road
Mahomet, IL 61853

Prairie Cycle Club Tour 2018— Begin the day with an oatmeal/bagel bar, then head out to routes of 28, 48, 52, 76, and 100 miles on this supported ride. The 48-mile route provides a pancake breakfast at Gibson Area Hospital. Registration is $35 and includes lunch following the ride. www.prairiecycleclub.org
Sunday
August 26
7:30 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.
Kerasotes YMCA
4550 West Iles Avenue

Dan Adair, MD Memorial Triathlon— Give tri a try with the non-competitive triathlon, which comprises a 100-yard pool swim, six-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run. The competitive triathlon comprises a 400-yard pool swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K (3.1 mile) run. $45 for the non-competitive and $55 for the competitive triathlon through August 25. Relays available, as well. Registration includes a shirt and finisher medal. www.triharderpromotions.com
Friday
August 31
5:30 p.m.
Capitol Area Visitor’s Center
College & Edwards Streets
(lot entrance on Edwards)
Alan Escobar, 638-9523
Critical Mass Ride. Ride for about 1 hour at a slow pace. Suitable for all bikes. Critical Mass is a worldwide event held the last Friday of every month. All riders are welcome to join in a celebration of riding bicycles. Why? Because bikes are fun!